“Potentially we could have had a few better results this year but overall it's been a good year. Just a shame I couldn't have driven better on this, my home event.”
Jari-Matti Latvala and Citroen
Junior Team man, Conrad Rautenbach
rounded out the points' scorers' in seventh and eighth, the former having lost time on Friday with driveshaft problems and then with an off earlier today.
“It's been a very character building weekend. We have had a few issues, both from the car and with my driving with silly mistakes. There have been more lows than highs this year but now I just want to forget about rallying for just a moment and focus on something else and get my head ready for 2010,” said the BP Ford
Abu Dhabi #2.
Of the rest, Eyvind Brynildsen initially came in ninth and took the Production Car World Rally Championship win, followed by Armindo Araujo, Martin Prokop, Steve Perez, Aaron Burkart, Toshi Arai and Martin Semerad.
Brynildsen dominated the P-WRC category in his Skoda Fabia S2000 and eventually triumphed by over 2 minutes. However post-event he was excluded for a technical infringement – non-conforming brakes. That handed Prokop the P-WRC honours.
The World Rally Championship now takes a sizeable break, before the new season begins with the Swedish Rally in February 2010.